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Flexible and durable power-generating textiles poised to make a difference
Specialty Fabrics Review
While photovoltaic power-harvesting technologies are not new, the ways in which researchers are manipulating science to meet consumers' needs are. The most promising energy-harvesting textiles may not have hit the market yet, but the best and brightest researchers are doing what innovators always do — apply imagination to science to bring into reality what once seemed impossible.
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Upcoming webinar: What Nonwoven Manufacturers Need to Understand about Formaldehyde
TAPPI Net
The TAPPI Nonwovens Binders & Additives Committee is hosting a free webinar, What Nonwoven Manufacturers Need to Understand about Formaldehyde on Tuesday, March 24 at noon EDT. The webinar will be conducted by Maureen Nunn, of Dow Chemical Company. This webinar will review the history of the formaldehyde issue; changes in the legislation, public perception, the impact on the Nonwovens manufacturer, and what options are available. Chair of TAPPI's Nonwovens Division Steering Committee. To register for this webinar, visit Formaldehyde Webinar Registration.
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The Rupp Report: Successful technical textiles (Part III)
Textile World
For many traditional textile people, technical textiles in general, and nonwovens in particular, and its technical expressions are sometimes not easy to understand. With this glossary of technical terms from the sector — which is only the tip of the iceberg — The Rupp Report closes its short round-up of technical textiles.
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  FireGuard2 Intrinsically-Safe Tension Transducer Amplifier

The FireGuard2 amplifier measures web tension from DFE’s tension transducers while providing peace of mind to converters whose processes involve flammable solvent vapor. By limiting energy delivered into a Class I Division 1or 2 manufacturing area to below the level for spark ignition, device reduces risk of fire or explosion. MORE
 


Shade sales: Just add water
Specialty Fabrics Review
It seems as if the stars are aligning for the boating industry, and for marine fabricators as well. Last year’s sales activity nudged upward for many parts of the industry. Sales of traditional power boats revved up by 6 percent in 2014, as did sales of pre-owned boats. OEM boat manufacturers reported modest gains as well, noting a 2-3 percent boost in new boat sales. The U.S. and Canadian marine fabrics end product market shared in the bounty, increasing by 7 percent to nearly 25 million square yards in 2014, according to the 2015 State of the Industry report in February.
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Suominen introduces Fibrella Perf nonwovens range to South America
Innovation in Textiles
Suominen, a leading supplier of nonwovens, introduces Fibrella Perf Spunlace, a new range of apertured substrates, to the South American medical markets. Fibrella Perf product range is said to offer solutions suitable for traditional and advanced wound care as well as surgical applications. "Suominen's Fibrella products have served the medical markets in wound care and surgical products already for decades in Europe and North America."
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US Army opts for body armor with Dyneema
Specialty Fabrics Review
The U.S. Army selected a new body armor system, the Generation II Soldier Plate Carrier System (SPCS), to provide ballistic protection to soldiers operating in harm’s way. The SPCS, designed by Point Blank Enterprises, incorporates Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology to achieve proven ballistic protection and weight reduction up to 30 percent, creating the lightest soft armor system ever to be fielded to the U.S. Army.
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There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear
PRNewswire
From clothing and shoes to sports equipment and winter sport facilities, Freudenberg products have found applications in a variety of winter gear. "There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear." Many people hit by extremely cold temperatures this winter will find an issue with this statement. Snowboarding, snowshoeing, skiing or snowmobiling, whatever the preference, it is likely that a Freudenberg technology or product might play a role in creating the right gear for the right winter sports experience. A variety of Freudenberg's nonwoven materials, lubricants and sealing products have found their application in winter sports clothing and equipment.
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Embedding smart fabric sensors in your next product
Engineering.com
The fabrication of smart textiles is a burgeoning industry. BeBop, a new competitor to the field, recently launched a Wearable Smart Fabric Sensor – a product capable of comprehending a variety of physical factors such as force, motion, location and weight. Their current range of products includes a skullcap sensor, shoe insoles, grip sensors and a media controller that can be sewn into the arm of a jacket.
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US factory orders expected to decline for sixth straight month in January
The Associated Press via Fox Business
The U.S. Commerce Department reports on January factory orders Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern. Orders Dip: The expectation is that orders fell 0.3 percent in January, according to a survey of economists by data firm FactSet. String of Declines: The forecasts are correct, it would mark the sixth consecutive month of declines after a 3.4 percent slide in December. Thursday's (March 5) numbers entail long-lasting durable goods that are expected to last at least three years and nondurable goods such as paper, chemicals and clothing.
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